“It was great!” Top reviews for A&H Scholars Day
"I was excited because they made it a competition. It wasn't just, like, 'come, sign up, and you get it.' It was a 'see how good you are' type of thing."
For University of Wisconsin-Parkside student-to-be Beau Siel, Saturday's first-ever Arts & Humanities Scholarship Day was a chance to show what he'll do when he enters as a freshman Spanish major this fall. Siel and his father, Bill Siel, were among the families who braved that morning's less-than-perfect weather to experience an enjoyable day on campus.
From the jazz playing as they entered The Rita, to lunch served on stage in the Main Stage Theatre, to the scholarship announcements in the Bedford Concert Hall, Arts & Humanities Scholarship Day presented the university at its best.
"It was so well planned," Bill Siel stated. "There was really no downtime but it wasn't in a rush or hurry."
For Leah Huebner and her mother, Amy Huebner, Saturday "was just an entertaining day." Driving two-plus hours from Rosendale, just west of Fond Du Lac, the Huebner's third trip to campus carried the added thrill of meeting the faculty and performing for them.
"To meet the professors and actually showcase your music to them, it gives me joy because I love music," Leah said. "I'll enjoy every day I'm here come fall this year."
For Amy Huebner, the event simply reinforced her opinions about UW-Parkside.
"I am impressed with the campus," she said. "I liked it pretty much from the time I walked in."
Making the day a success took a collaborative effort that stretched from one end of campus to the other. The College of Arts & Humanities began planning the day during fall semester, working closely each step of the way with Admissions, Financial Aid and other departments.
For Arts & Humanities Dean Dr. Dean Yohnk the effort paid off by attracting a group of exceptional and talented students.
"The students who made it here with their families were really high quality, they were great students academically. The departments all said that the students were very talented in their individual disciplines," Yohnk said.
The highlight of a day full of highlights came with the announcement of the first eight Picken Scholarship recipients. They are Alexandra Gibson, Beau Siel, Matthew Mifflin, and Nicholas Terrell of Kenosha; Steven Novak of Waukesha, Katherine Perushek of Kronenwetter, Wis.; Corey Riedl of Hortonville, and Sydney Hellgeth of Huntley, Ill. (Check the Thursday, March 21, edition of Ranger Today for recipients of the UW-Parkside Foundation Scholarships and the Theatre Arts Scholarship.)
Beau Siel may have summed up the good feelings students, parents, faculty, and staff enjoyed at Arts & Humanities Scholarship Day in a single succinct sentence: "Yeah, it was great."
In the photo, scholarships winners standing with Dean Yohnk, left, are, front row from left, Katherine Perushek, Corey Riedl, Sydney Hellgeth, and Alexandra Gibson. Second row Beau Siel, Steven Novak, Matthew Mifflin, and Nicholas Terrell.